DURANGO • San Juan National Forest is to close Tuesday for the first time ever, as the 416 fire continues to rage on the forest, along with the uncontained 1,000-acre Burro fire.
The 416 fire was 15 percent contained Monday as it continued to crackle near Hermosa and Durango, along the west side of U.S. 550 and in rough and inaccessible terrain.
The blaze has scorched 22,131 acres and prompted more than 2,100 evacuations, but firefighters kept the 416 fire from crossing the final quarter-mile to burn Hermosa-area homes. Crews also have prevented the fire from crossing to the east side of U.S. 550.
The blaze turned south toward Hermosa about 5 p.m. Sunday and raced 1 mile within an hour.